Olympic Ballet brings larger-than-life ‘Nutcracker’ to life

Nearly 100 dancers are involved in the current Olympic Ballet Theatre production of “The Nutcracker” ballet, to be performed in Everett and Edmonds.

Artistic directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson, former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers, keep updating the company’s full-length version of the Christmas classic, including new choreography and new backdrops by well-known scenic artist Jeanne Franz.

The story of Clara’s Christmas Eve dream has become an annual family favorite, Vinson said.

“With our Christmas Tree that grows and our larger-than-life Mother Ginger, our Nutcracker is sure to delight audiences of all ages,” she said.

Performances are set for 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett.

The company then packs up for shows at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Curtain times there are at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21.

Tickets are $35 general, $30 for students and seniors and $22.50 for children 10 and under, plus services charges, and are available at www.olympicballet.com or by calling 425-774-7570 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

Other Nutcrackers offered this month include:

“A Storybook Nutcracker”: This 18th annual production is offered by Alderwood Dance Spectrum at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the auditorium at Snohomish County PUD, 2320 California St., Everett. A storyteller presents this version of the ballet, which is great for younger children. Seating is reserved and tickets are on sale online from Brown Paper Tickets. The price is $15 each, plus a service charge. Group rates are available for the Thursday performances. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.

“Nutcracker”: The Dance School in Everett performs its third annual Nutcracker at 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 20 on the PUD stage, 2320 Calif. St., Everett. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance by calling 425-259-6861.

“Nutcracker”: Whidbey Island Dance Theatre offers its 22nd annual production at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12 through 21 at South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center, 5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley. Advance tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors, military and children younger than 17 at Brown Paper Tickets. Otherwise, call 360-341-2221. All tickets are the door are $20. Artistic Directors Charlene Brown and Danielle Wilkins have created their own brand of the classic story, including dancing frogs and butterflies.

“The Nutcracker”: Emerald Ballet Theatre offers performances of the ballet at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE., Bothell. Celebrating its eighth season, Emerald’s full-length production features a live orchestra and choreography in the Russian tradition. Performances are 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. Tickets are $35 general, $31.50 seniors and $20 youth age 16 or younger. More information is at www.EmeraldBallet.org.

“The Nutcracker”: Northwest Ballet Theater performs the classic at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at McIntyre Hall, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon. Reserved seating is $24 to $35. Call the box office, 360-416-7727, ext. 2, or go online to www.mcintyrehall.org.

“Nutcracker”: Pacific Northwest Ballet is putting its 31-year-old, world-famous Nutcracker by PNB founding director Kent Stowell and illustrator/author Maurice Sendak into storage indefinitely. For now, the company is advertising that you have a last chance to see the production through Dec. 28 in the Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Tickets are available at the box office, 301 Mercer St. in Seattle, by calling 206-441-2424, or at www.PNB.org.

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